MCM Outlook 2017: Seismic Shopping Shifts Bring Evolution to Fulfillment

| Tim Parry

Shift happens. And right now, there’s a seismic shift in how U.S. consumers shop. After years of being told by ecommerce analysts and experts that “this is the Year of Mobile,” mobile commerce is finally here, and it’s taking the traditional retail model with it. Check out why mobile commerce is changing the way retailers are changing everything when it comes to fulfilling orders and communicating with customers.

Sunglass Hut Talks Excellence in Shipping and Delivery

| Mike O'Brien

What are the key components of creating an excellent shipping and delivery experience for your customers? Chris Kobus, vice president of ecommerce and marketing for Sunglass Hut, discusses with Multichannel Merchant how his brand is able to achieve this on a consistent basis. Sunglass Hut is a finalist for the 2017 Excellence in Customer Experience Awards; finalists and winners will be recognized at Operations Summit 2017, March 27-29 in Pittsburgh.

9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your ERP or OMS Selection

| Curt Barry

Studies show that more than 50% of all ERP and OMS systems are not installed on time and within budget. A significant number of companies spend 8 to 12 months after go live adapting to the new system. What are some of the mistakes that lead to poor ERP or OMS implementations? Here are 9 mistakes to avoid in order to increase your chances of success.

L.L. Bean Looks to Update Free Shipping, Returns Policies

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to remain competitive and cut costs, iconic brand L.L. Bean is considering changes to its famous free shipping and returns. This follows policy changes instituted last year by Nordstrom, another brand famous for its generous returns policy.

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Michael Kors Expands Store Pickup to All U.S. Locations

| Mike O'Brien

Having seen success in a 10-store pilot of buy online, pickup in store (BOPIS) program in the third quarter of 2016, Michael Kors plans to roll it out across all of its 300-plus U.S. locations this quarter. The company has also seen success with its new line of wearable technology, and is continuing its pullback from the wholesale channel.

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Ecommerce Drives Booming Canadian Warehouse Market

| Mike O'Brien

Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust, with FedEx and Best Buy as clients, said ecommerce will make up 50% of its Canadian warehouses, up from 30% today. See what other plans the company has, including wooing Amazon as a client north of the border.

Take the MCM Outlook Survey and Help Drive the Data

| Mike O'Brien

Once again the team at Multichannel Merchant is conducting the annual MCM Outlook survey, which covers every aspect of ecommerce, marketing and operations in the world of direct-to-customer and omnichannel businesses. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and be entered to win a $500 American Express gift card, courtesy of MCM. You’ll also be providing valuable data that helps shape our coverage of the industry in 2017 and beyond.

Get to a Single Version of the Truth in Your DTC Operations Analytics

| Curt Barry

There often isn’t a “single version of the truth,” one official set of figures for sales, inventory, plan and history in DTC operations. For management to have confidence in the integrity of the data they’re using, the time has come to advocate and budget for projects that resolve these problems.

10 Ways to Improve Warehouse Efficiency and Reduce Costs

| Curt Barry

What are you doing in your warehouse across freight management, incentive pay for employees, creating baselines for KPIs, developing great managers and other critical areas? Here are 10 things to consider as you look for ways to make your operations more efficient and less costly.

Achieving the Perfect Customer Order: Where Does It Begin?

| Allison Manetakis

Critical to meeting customer expectations is delivering on the perfect customer order: the right product at the best price, when and where they want it. Find out what the key components are to making this happen, delighting customers consistently and driving loyalty while maintaining operational efficiency.